The Cornice Maker was founded in 2010 by Quinten Wagener who saw an opportunity to get involved in architectural moldings. Quinten is a qualified draughtsman and was working for an architect at the time. He developed an interest in architectural moldings and wanted to be part of the supply chain.
Etienne Wagener, Quinten’s brother, started a small Cornice Maker retail branch in 2013. He bought product from Quinten, but they soon realised they can achieve more growth together and joined forces in 2014.
The Cornice Maker manufacturers and distribute high quality polystyrene cornice products. “We manufacture cornice from both EPS (medium density) and XPS (high density) polystyrene using industrial CNC machinery”, says Quinten.
“We supply cornice, adhesives and skirting products to hardware retailers across Gauteng and surrounding areas as well as export markets in other parts of Africa”, notes Quinten.
Before the availability of polystyrene cornice, the market only offered timber or gypsum cornices which are difficult to install and requires a fair amount of experience. Polystyrene cornices on the other hand are much easier to install since it is lightweight and only requires adhesive to be applied.
The Cornice Maker vs competitors
The Cornice Maker pays special attention to the quality of its cornices. “We have spent a number of years installing cornices in large and small projects. This has taught us the value of a good quality cornice as any defects in the cornice is not just an irritation but can set back the installation and cost money in material waste and time wasted”, says Quinten.
The company continuously invests in the improvement of its manufacturing methods and machinery, which keeps its product ahead of the game in terms of cost and quality.
It also insures to only use the best quality polystyrene. “Believe it or not, not all polystyrene material is the same”, says Quinten. “Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for the retailer to sell our products. We are constantly reaching for new ideas and new products that allow our customers to get more value when dealing with us. Our turnaround time is a major drive for us and we will always do our best to deliver stock as fast as possible to allow retailers to carry a more effective stock model”, Quinten concludes.
Value added benefits
Cornice materials and glue are almost always sold together. It is important to cross merchandise the adhesives with cornices as this will most certainly increase basket values. The tools required for cornice installation should also be cross-merchandised nearby to ensure customers get a full view of what they need. Quinten says, “The cornice industry is growing fast with many different materials and designs in the market. With that are many new players in the market and we often get told that cornice cutters are a dime a dozen. We want to encourage buyers to consider all aspects of a supplier when making buying decisions”
The Cornice Maker is available to assist end users with installation and technical advice during office hours.
- Always mark the height of the cornice from the ceiling down in every corner of the room in which the cornice is installed. Use a chalk line to create guidelines between all the corners to ensure the cornice is installed in a straight line. Be careful not to follow the ceiling levels, as ceilings are not always straight.
- Be sure to understand the way in which inside and outside mitres are cut. Use a mitre box and fine tooth blade saw and practice a few times to get it right. The easy rule is to remember the base of the mitre box represents the ceiling and the wall of the mitre box represents the wall you are cornicing.
- Use polystyrene adhesive and not acrylic fillers for adhesion.
- Apply glue to all sides of the cornice including the butt ends. Once the cornice is applied to the desired area remove all access adhesive with a damp mutton cloth or sponge.
- Once the glue has dried check all joints again and apply filler such as Polyfilla or polystyrene adhesive to level up joints where the glue may have receded a bit. Leave a slight bump that is sanded away before painting. This will ensure a smooth jointless look.
- The cornice can be painted with any PVA paint. It is best to apply two coats.